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Impressions, Pingyao, China, 2007

Just before leaving Pingyao, I walked outside of our hotel and noticed my friend and travel companion, pbase photographer Tim May, diligently editing his pictures on his laptop at a desk by the lobby window. I took a number of images of Tim at work, integrating him with the hotel background and the street reflections behind me. In this image, I was able to place the reflection of a cyclist carrying an adult and child between Tim and the left hand edge of the picture, just as they floated into the decorative swirls on the window. The rest of the street is empty, allowing Tim and his gear space to work. I even included my own hand holding a small camera at the right edge, adding another layer of reflected context. In the background, the hotelís front desk and a crowd of people waiting to check out merge into the reflection of a store just across the street. It is a fantasy image about photographers and their dreamy impressions of China.

Leica D-Lux 3
1/100s f/2.8 at 6.7mm iso100 hide exif
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Date/Time15-Sep-2007 08:00:39
ModelD-LUX 3
Flash UsedNo
Focal Length6.7 mm
Exposure Time1/100 sec
ISO Equivalent100
Exposure Bias-0.33
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Metering Modemulti spot (3)
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Exposure Programprogram (2)
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Phil Douglis13-Dec-2007 06:33
I am delighted that somebody finally thought enough of this image to leave a comment. Thanks, Jenene for seeing how we can use reflection to create meaning through contrasts in time. I love the way Tim's computer seems to float in space here. Pingyao is an ancient city and there are contrasts to be found everywhere -- but I thought they worked best when seen through the prism of reflections in glass.
JSWaters13-Dec-2007 05:07
A window reflecting past and present. The aging streets and buildings and pre automobile mode of transport are quite a contrast to modern Tim and his laptop as well as you with your camera.
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